Arsène Wenger says that a draw at West Ham United is normally acceptable - but not this time.
Wenger made a string of attacking substitutions to try and salvage a result and he was rewarded when Laurent Koscielny struck, but the Gunners could not find a winner.
One or two times on the counter-attack the pass didn’t come quickly enough out of the feet and that is why we missedArsène Wenger
“We were [in control],” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “There are always a lot of positives. Overall, you can say it is not a bad result to draw here, but in the context of the league, where we are and what we want to achieve, it is a very bad result for us.
“I wanted to win the game. In the end we had the opportunities to score a fourth goal, but we were not calm enough. I think we rushed our game in the box and that is disappointing.
“One or two times on the counter-attack the pass didn’t come quickly enough out of the feet and that is why we missed.”
Carroll was the scourge of Arsenal - his first two goals came just 160 seconds apart - and Wenger thinks his team should have handled him better.
“We should have made life a bit more difficult for him,” said Wenger. “On the first, second and third goal, we were a bit naive defensively.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source